MLS Game Summary - Philadelphia at New York|
(Saturday, April 24, 2010)
From The Sports Network
Final Score: New York 2, Philadelphia 1
Harrison, NJ (Sports Network) - Juan Pablo Angel converted a penalty kick in
the second half, and Red Bull New York edged the Philadelphia Union 2-1 at Red
Bull Arena on Saturday to remain unbeaten.
Angel converted the penalty in the 67th minute following a handball in the box
by Philadelphia's Michael Orozco. Angel also converted a penalty last week for
the game-winner against FC Dallas, also a 2-1 win.
Salou Ibrahim also scored for New York (4-0-1), which won for the third time
in as many games in its new stadium. The Red Bulls four wins is just one fewer
than they had all of last season, when they had the worst record in MLS.
"Last year was a bit different for us as a team, but we want to put that in
the past," said New York defender Jeremy Hall, who assisted on Ibrahim's goal.
"It feels great to win. I'm coming into the locker room after games and seeing
smiles instead of frowns."
The expansion Union (1-0-3) lost for the third time in four matches. Sebastien
Le Toux scored Philadelphia's lone goal in the 59th minute. Le Toux has scored
four of the team's five goals this season.
"We played well, we just have to fix mistakes," Le Toux said. "We come back
and after there is a mistake, there was a handball ... it's unfortunate and
we're a little bit frustrated."
Le Toux had a chance to put the Union in front inside five minutes, but he was
unable to convert from 12 yards following a nice set up from Alejandro Moreno.
New York's first chance came from Ibrahim, who took a pass from Dane Richards,
spun and fired toward the upper-left in the sixth but the shot curled wide.
Le Toux and Moreno combined on another good scoring chance in the 11th, but Le
Toux sent a shot wide of the right post from 10 yards.
Angel, who has three goals this season, nearly put New York in the lead before
half but was denied by Union goalie Chris Seitz from 12 yards in the 41st.
The Red Bulls broke through five minutes after half when Hall drove a cross
from the right side to the far post, where Ibrahim stepped inside Philadelphia
defender Jordan Harvey and then jumped in front of Seitz to head the ball into
the net from just a few yards out. Ibrahim's goal was his first of the year.
Le Toux, who scored a hat trick in the Union's 3-2 win over D.C. United, tied
the match less than 10 minutes later off an assist from Moreno. Le Toux drove
in to the left post to run onto a perfect low pass through the six-yard box by
Moreno, and tapped in from close range.
Philadelphia handed the lead back to New York when Orozco misjudged the ball,
and it bounced off his left arm just inside the penalty area. Angel, who also
missed a penalty last week, drove the spot kick into the left side past Seitz.
"I think he was concerned that I was going to jump for it because I kind of,
you know, went to him and then sat back," Angel said. "So I think he lost me
in the air, and then he basically used his arm and unlucky for him that, you
know, it touched his arm right away."
The Union had two great chances to escape with a draw but Moreno, who did well
to spin while on the ground to get a shot off toward an empty goal only to see
it deflected wide, and rookie Jack McInerney, who fired an open header wide of
the left post from five yards, both failed to find the net.
"We had chances and the most important thing is to finish those chances. We
have to work on it," Union coach Peter Nowak said. "It's as simple as that."
New York visits D.C. and Philadelphia visits the Los Angeles Galaxy on May 1.
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